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Florida's Eduation Commissioner comes to Jacksonville

11:25 AM, Sep 21, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Gerard Robinson is new to the job as the state's education commissioner, but he wants to see first hand a lingering problem in Jacksonville -- failing schools.

Today, Robinson plans to visit Andrew Jackson High and North Shore K-8 and see what changes are in place to shore up academic performance.

Duval County has seven intervene schools and that's more than any school district the state.

Intervene schools are closely watched by the state for poor classroom performance based on school grades.

Four schools in particular are being closely watched: Raines, Ribault and Andrew Jackson high schools and North Shore K-8.

The district has hired an outside consulting company at the cost of nearly $2 million to help manage the intervene schools.

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